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Airports in Istanbul

Istanbul has three airports:

Istanbul's three airports - Istanbul Vacation Tips

Istanbul Airport (IST)

This is the vast new airport for the city, opened in 2018, into which most international flights now arrive. Read more >

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW)

This airport is mainly used for charter flights and domestic carriers, although some international carriers including Emirates also touch down there. Book a hygiene-vetted English-speaking driver to wait for your flight, for the price of a taxi >

Ataturk International Airport (ISL)

The former main Istanbul airport, this is now mostly used for cargo flights. You are unlikely to visit here.

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